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Alfred Stern holds a name card intended to help any of his surviving family members locate him at the Kloster Indersdorf DP camp. This photograph was published in newspapers to facilitate reuniting the family.

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    Alfred Stern holds a name card intended to help any of his surviving family members locate him at the Kloster Indersdorf DP camp. This photograph was published in newspapers to facilitate reuniting the family.
    Alfred Stern holds a name card intended to help any of his surviving family members locate him at the Kloster Indersdorf DP camp.  This photograph was published in newspapers to facilitate reuniting the family.

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    Caption
    Alfred Stern holds a name card intended to help any of his surviving family members locate him at the Kloster Indersdorf DP camp. This photograph was published in newspapers to facilitate reuniting the family.
    Date
    1945 December 10
    Locale
    Kloster Indersdorf, [Bavaria; Munich] Germany
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Lilo, Jack and Micha Plaschkes
    Event History
    The Kloster Indersdorf children's center was established by UNRRA to shelter and rehabilitate the thousands of non-German children who were left homeless after the war. With the aid of the American Army, UNRRA Team 182 secured a cloister, Kloster Indersdorf, to serve as a center for these orphaned children. The UNRRA workers were helped in setting up the center by local nuns, who had operated an orphanage at the cloister in the interwar period. Once it was established, Kloster Indersdorf maintained a population of some 350 children, representing over twenty nationalities. Many were children who had been kidnapped by the Nazis from their homes in eastern Europe and brought to the Reich for Aryanization or for forced labor. Many had had their names changed so that they no longer knew their real identities. Some of the older children had even been made to serve in the German home guard [Volkssturm] in the last year of the war. In addition to providing basic care and social rehabilitation for the orphans, the UNRRA team helped to trace the identities of the children and to arrange for their adoption, their return to their homelands, or their emigration to new countries of settlement. The UNRRA team was assisted in providing services by a local order of Catholic nuns. From 1945 until the summer of 1946, Kloster Indersdorf operated as an international children's center, with a Jewish population of between 40-70. Most of the Jewish male youth were concentration camp survivors, particularly from Flossenbuerg. In August 1946 the center became an exclusively Jewish children's home and work kibbutz and remained so until its closing in September 1948.

    [Sources: Fischer, Greta. Oral testimony, USHMM Archives
    Koenigseder, Angelika/ Wetzel, Juliane. Lebensmut im Wartesaal, Fischer Verlag, 1995, p.256.; email by German researcher Anna Andlauer]

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Lilo, Jack and Micha Plaschkes
    Source Record ID: Collections: 1993.23
    Museum of Jewish Heritage/Center For Holocaust Studies
    Copyright: Exclusively with source
    Provenance: Robert Marx
    Source Record ID: 1581 A514

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    Biography
    Alfred Stern was born in Mukachevo, Czechoslovakia on June 3, 1929. His parents' names were Moses and Elsa Gruenwald. He immigrated in May 1946 to Scranton Pennsylvania in the United States.
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    2011-06-02 00:00:00
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